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Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Beginnings

“It’s no wonder that I grew up not merely a storyteller, but a storyteller bewitched by notions of abandoned children” explained Wicked author Gregory Maguire matter-of-factly at the first of ALA Annual’s Auditorium Speaker series for 2009. Telling how he was placed in an orphanage for a time after his mother Helen Maguire died giving birth to him, Maguire described his subsequent family life with his journalist father, poet stepmother, and six siblings.

Executive Board Learns Chicago May Set Attendance Record

"We expect to close the revenue/expense gap in ’09,” said James Neal, chair of ALA’s Budget Analysis and Review Committee, “but the conference revenue picture will be critical.” The Annual Conference saw an attendance bump-up in Chicago, he noted today at the final meeting of the ALA Executive Board, but the final numbers will tell.

Gregory Maguire's Wicked Beginnings

"It's no wonder that I grew up not merely a storyteller, but a storyteller bewitched by notions of abandoned children" explained Wicked author Gregory Maguire matter-of-factly at the first of ALA Annual's Auditorium Speaker series for 2009. Telling how he was placed in an orphanage for a time after his mother Helen Maguire died giving birth to him, Maguire described his subsequent family life with his journalist father, poet stepmother, and six siblings.

BIGWIG Showcase: Google's New Wave Changes Everything

At the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase July 13, eight presenters gave brief talks on trends in social software in a “speed-dating” format, where each presenter had 10 minutes to talk to a roving audience.

SRRT Turns Forty

ALA's Social Responsibilities Round Table celebrated its 40th anniversary July 13 at the Alternative Media Reception co-organized with the Alternative Press Center. The party, held at Hyde Park's funky Experimental Station, included a Mediterranean food buffet, impromptu speeches, jazz from the three-piece combo Brian Sandstrom and Friends, three kinds of vegan cake, and some far left publisher types.

Join the Privacy Revolution

Join the Privacy Revolution! We live in an age when knowledge is power. New technologies give us unprecedented access to information. They also facilitate surveillance, with the power to collect and mine personal information. People enjoy the convenience of having information at their fingertips. But most people don’t realize the trade off.

ALA Council Supports Universal Healthcare

With healthcare costs eating up chunks of shrinking library budgets across the country, the ALA Council during its last meeting in Chicago  overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting affordable, universal healthcare, including the option of a single-payer healthcare program. This is essentially a reaffirmation of a resolution adopted by ALA in June 2006.

Legislative Day Will Become Advocacy Day for D.C. Annual 2010

At the final session of the ALA Council today, Committee on Legislation member Bernard Margolis reported that due to the location of Annual Conference 2010 in Washington, D. C., National Library Legislative Day, held annually in May, will become Library Advocacy Day instead. The event is being planned for June 28 during the conference. The switch will enable more ALA members to participate in the annual lobbying effort.

2009 ALA NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award and Runner-up

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the American Library Association (ALA) Membership Committee wish to congratulate the American Library Association Student Chapter at San Jose State University as the winner of the 2009 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award.

Lib1.0 Committee Still Out on Lib2.0 Promise

A packed meeting room awaited a panel of techie librarians to address the question of whether Library 2.0 has lived up to its promise at July 14 LITA and the Internet Resources Services Interest Group session “The Ultimate Debate: Has Library 2.0 fulfilled its promise?” The panel couldn’t exactly agree on what Library 2.0 was, let alone whether it’s fulfilled its promise, but traditional ways of thinking may not even be sufficient to judge Lib2.0 effectiveness.

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